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    I am 14 and living in Raleigh, NC. My mom is extremely strict and does not care about my health or mental health and his blocked all contact I have with any friends. I have been wanting to run away for almost a year now. I have a really close friend and he said that if I ever needed to, I could go to his house for however long I needed. Now I do understand that parent being strict should not be a reason to want to want to run away. Me and my friends have been concerned about my mental health for some time now due to my mom. I had discusssed the plan of running away to a few friends and I had a set day I wanted to leave but it never happened and my mom had found out. She yelled at me for a few hours and asked why I hadn't left yet, also saying I should "go on and leave" saying I "should leave already". I basically don't know what to do and need help. I don't want to get my friend's Mom in trouble with the law either. I'd really like to have a response ASAP due to me being able to leave today if possible. That sounds greedy but I REALLY need help and I feel like I'm on the verge of breaking.

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    Hi there,
    Thank you for writing to us here at National Runaway Safeline (NRS). We understand it takes great courage to reach out, and we appreciate you sharing a little bit about what’s going on. It seems there is a lot that you are faced with right now and you’re feeling like leaving is one of your only options. It seems you want to know some information on runaway laws.
    While we are not experts on the law, 18 is generally the age that an individual may leave home without parent permission. If you are under 18 and leave home, your parent/guardian may file you as a runaway and you may be returned home. This holds true even if your mom initially gives permission, as she has a right to change her mind and have you come home. Also, those you stay with may run the risk of being charged with harboring a runaway, but that might get reduced if they believe you have permission initially. For more specifics on the law, the local non-emergency police or legal aid may better answer legal questions.
    We are here as support to help through this challenging time. We can best help by phone or chat as NRS is unable to respond more than twice by email to assist you. If you would like to talk more in detail please call or chat soon.
    Our contact information is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929); (click on the chat button).
    If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately.
    Be safe,
    Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

    National Runaway Safeline
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